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Anti-Gay Banner Found Hanging in Northern Ireland

I'm saddened but not surprised. This hateful banner was found hanging over an overpass on an expressway in Northern Ireland, according to Attitude. How annoying that people are still like this.

Both the Irish and LGBTQ people have historically been subjected to unfair persecution. Seriously, go read "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift and... pretty much anything I've written on here. It's mostly negative. The banner was discovered on October 19th by Amanda Ferguson. She posted a picture of the banner on Twitter with the caption "Oh dear. Hate mongers at their work again. This anti-Irish, homophobic banner has appeared on the M1 between junction 10 (Oxford Island) and junction 9 (International Airport). I can’t see this taking off tbh. Just not as catchy as: No woman, no cry!"

The banner has since been taken down and Declan Kearney, a Sinn Féin (a left-wing political party in Ireland) called the banner "reprehensible" and said that this hate message is not indicative of the views of the majority of Irish people, as Ireland has recently thrown one of "the most vibrant, most colourful Pride parades" which sent an LGBTQ-affirming message to the people of Ireland.

As a gay man and an Irish (well, partially at least) person, this banner really bothered me. What I don't understand is how being Irish and/or gay has any impact on anyone. It doesn't make sense to me.


h/t: Attitude

Mexican Gay Men's Chorus Detained by Homeland Security in Texas

We've all most likely heard men's choruses, with their beautiful basses and baritones and terrific tenors singing magnificent music. Gay men's choruses are a more recent invention, with them being started after the assassination of Harvey Milk's in the late 70s and the beginning of the AIDS crisis in the 80s. The first gay men's chorus was the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, whose 40th anniversary concert will be held on October 13th. They will be joined by Mexico's Coro Gay Ciudad de México to bridge the gap between the United States and Mexico during this trying time of international tension. However, the event was almost ruined due to the CGCDM being stopped by Homeland Security in Texas, reports Los Angeles Blade.

On the morning of Sunday, October 7th, the CGCDM arrived at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas. A university professor, Jorge Gutierrez, was stopped by security to verify that he was not the Jorge Gutierrez that was wanted for stealing a truck. As he waited, members of the Mexican chorus chatted with him about the upcoming concert in Los Angeles which aroused suspicion from security that the members were visiting the US as paid performers instead of tourists, contrary to what their visas indicated. The CGCDM is not getting paid for the event so they would not need a visa to reflect that. 

A Homeland Security officer detained the group after finding sheet music in their luggage, as they believed that the chorus was not being honest about the reason for their visit to the US, despite having their visit sponsored bybthe Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. The security officer was thinking of deporting the CGCDM back to Mexico. Luckily, another Homeland Security officer informed airport security that the group will not be paid and explained the details of the concert. After a short conversation, airport security decided to let the chorus proceed to LA.

While I am glad that this debacle has been settled, I'm saddened that it occurred in the first place. Airport security had the necessary information to know that the chorus was not visiting the US for nefarious purposes but instead they suspected them of lying about the reason for their visit and almost deported them. Why? Possibly because they are Mexican. It's no secret that international relations between the United States and Mexico have been very tense after Donald Trump's comments about the people of Mexico and also his comments directed toward Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. By suspecting the chorus of lying on their visas solely based on the fact that they're Mexican will only further divide the two countries, which is the exact opposite of what the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles' 40th anniversary concert is trying to achieve.


h/t: Los Angeles Blade 

These Kids Should Be More Focused on School Than Perpetuating Hate Speech

Students from the Senior class at Escondido High School in California are under fire for posing for photos that spelled out homophobic and racist messages. Students wore shirts with monograms on them to pose for pictures that displayed pre-approved messages during their annual senior barbecue. However, after the fact, some of the students thought it would be hilarious to rearrange themselves and snap some pics that showed the world just how big of assholes they are.

Along with the popular homophobic moniker ‘FAGS’, another group of students formed the ‘N’ word.

Whitney, do you still believe the children are our future? Sounds like learned behavior to me!

The school’s principal, Dr. Adriana Lepe-Ramirez shared in a statement with 10News:

We are a campus that prides itself on inclusion and embraces diversity. We will not tolerate actions that send messages of racism and promote divisiveness. We will work with students, as well as staff, to ensure a respectful and safe environment is maintained throughout our campus. We all need to understand the power of our words and actions, and we must take responsibility for the decisions we make each and every day. At Escondido High School we will continue to work every day to build a culture of family and unity across our community.

The principal also made an important announcement to the entire school which included:

I understand that the messages that were posted on social media incited anger and frustration, but I want to encourage you all to remember that the only thing that combats hate is love, the only thing that combats divisiveness is unity.

The incident is currently under investigation.

h/t: 10News

Joel Kim Booster And Other LGBTQ Celebs Share Their Thoughts On Being Kindr On Grindr

Grindr’s “Kindr” campaign has officially begun and they’ve enlisted the help of queer people of color to help be the faces of this new movement.

During this summer, Grindr announced an upcoming campaign and shift to it’s program. This “kindr” Grindr would prohibit users from using terms like “No Asians” on their profiles.

Many have applauded and condemned this announcement, and some say it's entirely moot since the problem is more societally based.

Now, it seems the campaign side of the program shift has begun.

Recently, Grindr released the below statement about the “kindr” campaign:

“At Grindr, we’re into diversity, inclusion, and users who treat each other with respect. We’re not into racism, bullying, or other forms of toxic behavior. These are our preferences, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to better reflect them. Same app. New rules. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Their type. Their tastes. But nobody is entitled to tear someone else down because of their race, size, gender, HIV status, age, or – quite simply – being who they are. Join us in building a kinder Grindr. Express yourself, but not at the expense of someone else. Report discrimination when you see it. Use your voice and share your story to call out prejudice and spark change. Together, we can amplify the conversation and take steps towards a kinder, more respectful community.”

In addition, Grindr released the below video which included people like Joel Kim Booster, Rakeem Cunningham, Jai Rodriguez, The Vixen, Emilio Amador, and Jasmine.

Each person in this group shared personal thoughts on the age-old conversation of racism/preference on the app and in gay dating as a whole.

“If you don’t put ‘no Asians’ in your profile, it doesn’t mean you have to f**k Asians now,” said rising comedian Joel Kim Booster. “It just means I don’t have to see it….For you to say ‘I know what every Asian guy looks like and I know for a fact that I would not be attracted to any of them?’ That comes from a racist place. Because you don’t know what we all look like. That’s ugly.”

You can hear all the other opinions and perspectives from Grindr and its associates down below.

 

 

Roseanne Won't Criticize Spinoff Sitcom: "I Got To Stay In The Middle Or I'll Go Dark"

During a conversation with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for the conservative “Promised Land” podcast, Roseanne Barr revealed she’s planning to leave the United States for Israel before the premiere of the ABC spinoff sitcom, The Connors.

Shmuley didn’t shy away from the upcoming premiere set for October 16 on ABC.

The New York Daily News reports the Rabbi asked point-blank if she planned to watch the “revised version” of her now departed sitcom.

“I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there,” Barr told Shmuley, a longtime friend. “And that’s where I'm going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favorite teachers.”

“You know, I have saved a few pennies and I'm so lucky that I can go,” she added. “It's my great, great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman.”

The comedy star also shared that staying in the U.S. for the premiere and seeing the media’s response could “tempt” her to make a controversial comment about the spinoff, especially if she “has too many drinks.”

 

 

Barr did offer this comment regarding The Connors: “I’m not going to curse it or bless it. I’m staying neutral. That’s what I do. I’m staying away from it. (I’m not) wishing bad on anyone, and I don’t wish good for my enemies, you know. I don’t. I can’t. I just stay neutral.”

Barr also admitted to “some mental health issues of depression and stuff,” during the chat. Alluding to personal demons, she explained, “I got to stay in the middle or I’ll go dark, and I don’t want to go dark again.”

The reboot of Barr’s hit sitcom, Roseanne, was summarily cancelled after one season in the aftermath of racist tweets by the 65-year-old comedienne about former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett. In the tweets, which Roseanne later blamed on “Ambien-tweeting,” she compared Jarrett to an ape.

She denied any racist overtones claiming, “I thought the b—h was white.”

Barr also made disparaging comments about former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and Democratic supporter, George Soros.

ABC decided to revamp the reboot one more time, this time without Barr. In order for the project to move forward, however, Barr was required to sign away any rights to future royalties of the new show.

In an interview last week, actor John Goodman shared that Barr's character will be dead in the new spinoff.

(h/t The New York Daily News)

Peaceful Counterprotestors Helped Make The Sequel to Charlottesville A Complete, Utter, Total, Absolute, Embarrassing, Pathetic Failure

Last year, the first Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville horrified us. The terrorizing display of racism resulted in the death of 32-year-old counterprotestor Heather Heyer, who was fatally struck by a car driven by a Neo-Nazi sympathizer. The aftermath of the rally was made worse by our president, who blamed both sides for the violence.

This year, far-right organizers publicly predicted a turnout of at least several hundred people in Washington, D.C. for “Unite the Right 2.”

About two dozen white nationalists showed up, reports CNN. And they were vastly outnumbered by peaceful counterprotestors.

The violence and hate in Charlottesville last year wasn’t just race-related. A viral video showed protestors chanting “F**k you faggots.”

LGBTQ+ activists took a stand at Unite the Right 2 today, and we’re kind of in love with a group called “ResisDance.”

From their Facebook page:

“While nazis and white supremacists spread an ideology of racism and genocide, we are here to fiercely and unapologetically celebrate our communities and our existence - and of course drown them out with bumpin’ beats and lots of rainbow biodegradable confetti!”

“As these individuals descend on our city, now is the time to show up and let them know that their legacy of violence is over. We're trans. We're queer. We're fabulous. We're sick of your Nazi sh*t. Don't f*ck with us.”

Thanks in part to ResisDance and other inspiring counterprotestors, Unite the Right 2 was, in no uncertain terms, a disaster. Pathetic. This thing bombed harder than Solo: A Star Wars Story or A Wrinkle in Time. (yikes!)

Here’s all of what happened: about 20 bigots showed up and were so overwhelmed by resisters that they “marched” early and were finished by 5:30 p.m.; that’s when the marching was originally scheduled to begin.


Back to Heather Heyer. Her last Facebook post before she was killed read: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

Heyer was a waitress, bartender and paralegal known to her friends as an outspoken supporter of human rights and equality. At her funeral, her mother told hundreds of mourners to turn anger into righteous action.”

Spike Lee’s latest film, critically acclaimed BlacKkKlansman, is dedicated to Heather Heyer’s memory.

Resist.

h/t: CNN, PinkNews

Check out ResisDance on Facebook here.

Porn Star Bruno Bernal Uses The 'N' Word on Social Media

Gay porn star Bruno Bernal is under attack for his blatant usage of the "N" word on social media.

This all started a couple of days ago where he used the defamatory word on an Instagram story. Str8UpGayPorn has the receipts from it, where he said "Worse thing in life! Barbers that don't f**k shut up talking with this n***a accent."

It didn't take too long for some of his followers to call him out on the usage of said word, where one blatantly DM'd him and said "Youre a f***ing ignorant racist c**t." His response? "ENOUGH! If you don't have balls to show your face and your opinions like I do then bye."

It didn't stop there as people kept coming at him for using the word. "911. Report to the police then. If you don't know the context of it f**k off! I didn't ask your opinion," he also said. "Unfollow + block."

It got worse from there on his next Instagram story where he tried to explain himself.

"My first boy friend (SP) was black, after that I had another black ex boyfriend, then I had sex with few black guys and my current boyfriend is black. If I was racist I don't think it would be happening so frequently. I like black culture and I don't discriminate anyone by their race but if you are f***ing ghetto and don't even use properly a normal vocabulary because you think is cool talk like a black ghetto person that just came out of prison what you want me to say? WHATEVER don't like! Unfollow + block." 

Str8UpGayPorn also included video of Bruno in the barber chair where it all went down at the bottom of the page.

It didn't stop there. He seemed to double down on his usage of the word on his Twitter account Tuesday morning, where he shared an alleged message from one of his black fans who assured him that he's not "racist at all." The fan in question justified his usage of the word and stated that he used at is well to "describe ignorant black people."

Here's the tweet that Bernal posted about all of this.

 

 

Why Did A Gay Republican Call Police On A Black Woman Using A Coupon?

This past Friday night, a woman trying to use a manufacturer's coupon at her local CVS drugstore found herself the target of racism as the manager of the store called police accusing the woman of fraud.

According to The Chicago Sun-Times, while making a purchase at the CVS store on North Broadway in Chicago, Illinois, Camilla Hudson presented a manafacturer's coupon at checkout.

But the manager of the store, identified as Morry Matson, said he'd never seen a coupon like that and proceeded to call the police.

Wait - what? The police? About a coupon?

In a video posted to Facebook by Hudson, Matson can be seen shaking as he describes Hudson as an "African-American" to the police. During the conversation Hudson assures Matson, "Tell them that I will be waiting for them to arrive."

 

From Hudson's Facebook page post:

So, THIS just happened: I had the police called on me for attempting to use a coupon @ the CVS Pharmacy located at 6150 N. Broadway in Chicago! I stopped in to make a purchase using a coupon mailed to me by the product manufacturer, as replacement for problematic/defective product. The manager on duty said that he’d never seen a coupon like the one I had and said that he thought it was fraudulent. When I asked for his name and his title/role within the store, he became agitated and rude. When I pulled out my phone to document what happened and exactly what he’d said to me (AND how he’d said it!) he turned his back and walked away from me. When I followed him and demanded that he answer my question, he ran to the back of the store and slammed a door in my face. Meanwhile, the other manager, who’d been helping me initially, came running back to tell me that I’d better leave the store immediately, because he’d called the police. 

Of course, I had ZERO concerns about the police being called. Apparently, they’d hung up on him the first time he called, so he had to call them back a second time, telling the 911 dispatcher that I was harassing them (which I have on video). Three tactical unit officers arrived and, after some conversation and documenting their names, badge numbers, etc., I eventually left the store. Needless to say, this is far from over. Life in these United States. Aargh.

The Sun-Times notes that Matson is currently running for alderman in the 48th Ward of Chicago.

On his campaign website, Matson promises “increased police presence throughout Alderman Matson’s 48th Ward.” Since this incident, Matson's website seems to have been pulled down.

He was a state delegate for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election and is president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois, an LGBTQ conservative group.

Speaking of 'fraud,' the website BlockClubChicago took a look into Matson's own history and found that in 2013 he spearheaded an effort to build a waterfront walkway. But allegations of fraud arose when it was discovered pages and pages of signatures matched Matson's own handwriting. 

Matson eventually admitted he had signed some of the signatures himself.

Hudson said in her post that there were three officers who showed up in response to Matson’s call, and she spoke with them before leaving the store. Chicago Police could not immediately respond to confirm.

CVS issued an apology to Hudson via BlockClubChicago, which read in part:

“We sincerely apologize to Ms. Hudson for her experience in one of our stores,” CVS said in a statement issued to Block Club Chicago. “Our Region Director in Chicago contacted Ms. Hudson as soon as we were made aware of this incident. CVS has begun an investigation and we will take any corrective action that is warranted to prevent it from happening again.

“CVS Pharmacy does not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores,” the statement continued. “We have firm non-discrimination policies in place to help ensure that all customers are treated with respect and dignity. Profiling or any other type of discriminatory behavior is strictly prohibited.”

Public Facebook Group "Muscle Bears" Proudly Bans POC

A public Facebook group titled “Muscle Bear” sounds like it would totally hot to check out, right?

Furry, buff guys - what’s not to like?

Well, aside from racism?

According to San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, when a person attempts to join the group, you’re asked a series of questions.

The first question: “Wherea[sic]  are you from?” 

The second is a link to a NSFW pic of woofy actor/model/designer Matthew Camp. For those of you aren't aware, here's a visual of the woofy Mr. Camp. Enjoy :)

For clarity - Matthew Camp is not a member of the Facebook group.

Then there’s the third statement, and here’s where the snag comes in. “If you are Asian or African do not join the group because it will be blocked from this group.”

Wait, what?

Some members of the group say they are concerned folks will think each of the 18,000+ members are bigots.

“As a member, this makes us all appear to be racists by being complicit,” he writes. “I’m asking people to reach out and ask why this [policy] has been added. And if it’s not removed, I’m asking people to quit and report the group as hate speech.”

Several members told SDGLN the screening statement was not there when they joined and believe it was added by one of the admins later on.

SDGLN reports they reached out to the admin about the discriminatory statement but received no answer.

Since the story was initially reported the statement has apparently been removed, which doesn’t mean the group isn’t still being discriminatory. It could mean they’re just hiding it now.

As we close this sad tale, here's a reminder of all the diverse kinds of hotness we can enjoy:

 

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Roseanne Barr Denies She is Racist in a Podcast Interview

Glad we got that sorted out! In a podcast interview, Roseanne Barr told listeners she is, in fact, not racist. 

In the talk with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the sacked Roseanne star expressed a baffling mix of remorse, non-remorse and excuses for her racist tweet that led to the demise of ABC’s red-hot sitcom revival.

In the since-deleted tweet, Barr compared former Barack Obama staffer Valerie Jarrett, who is African-American, to an ape:

"muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

The podcast in question was recorded in late May, days after the tweet that was followed by widespread outrage—including from Barr’s co-stars—and a swift cancellation from ABC.

"I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything,” Barr told Boteach.

"And I said to God, 'I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I've done wrong. I'm going to accept what the consequences are,' and I do, and I have. But they don't ever stop. They don't accept my apology, or explanation. And I've made myself a hate magnet.”

Then Barr claimed that she didn’t know Jarrett was African-American, implying her tweets weren’t in fact racially tinged.

"I'm a lot of things, a loudmouth and all that stuff. But I'm not stupid for God's sake. I never would have wittingly called any black person, [I would never had said] they are a monkey," Barr told her interviewer. "I just wouldn't do that. I didn't do that. And people think that I did that and it just kills me.”

Towards the end of the interview, Barr starting sounding like she more or less was taking responsibility for her headline-making actions, and Roseanne’s disastrous endgame.

"I should have been better, and I wasn't. And I caused a lot of pain. I know that, and that's the worse feeling in the world. I caused pain for my family, I caused pain for my mother, I caused pain to the two hundred out-of-work actors that I loved. And the crew and writers. I feel so bad that they gave me another chance and I blew it. But I did it,” said Barr.

"And what can I do now except say of course, I'm not a racist; I'm an idiot. And I might have done something that comes across as bigoted and ignorant, and I know that's how it came across. And you know, I asked for forgiveness because I do love all people, I really do.”

The day after the infamous tweet, Barr tried to pin some of the blame on Ambien, saying she was “ambien tweeting” late at night. Ambien’s parent company Sonafi was all too quick to clap back, saying in a statement that “racism is not a known side effect” of the sleep aid.

In the weeks since this podcast was recorded, ABC reached a deal to green light The Conners, a spinoff starring every Roseanne cast member except Barr.

Check out the full interview, here: https://soundcloud.com/user-642636263/episode-1-roseanne-barr

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